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Launchapalooza: 26 New Boosters Debuting Worldwide
Vega-C lifts off on its maiden flight on July 13, 2022. (Credit: Arianespace)

by Douglas Messier
Managing Editor

During the first seven months of the year, five new satellite launch vehicles from Europe, China, Russia and South Korea flew successfully for the first time. As impressive as that is, it was a mere opening act to a busy period that could see at least 20 additional launchers debut around the world.

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  • August 6, 2022
Gilmour Space Completes Full Duration Test Fire of New Phoenix Rocket Engine

Gilmour’s 190-second mission duty cycle test of this third-stage engine demonstrates new sovereign capability in liquid rocket engines.

GOLD COAST, QLD (Gilmour Space PR) – An Australian launch services company known for its orbital-class hybrid rocket technology, Gilmour Space Technologies, has unveiled a new 3D printed liquid rocket engine that will power the third stage of its Eris rocket to orbit.

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  • May 23, 2022
Australian Firms Team Up to Deliver High-Resolution Hyperspectral Earth Observation Microsatellites
Adam Gilmour, CEO & Founder, Gilmour Space (L), and Venkat Pillay, CEO & Founder, LatConnect 60 (R), announce an agreement at the 2022 Space Symposium. (Image Credit: LatConnect 60, 2022 Space Symposium)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (LatConnect 60 PR) – LatConnect 60 (LC60), an Earth observation and data fusion company based in Perth, Australia, has signed an agreement to work with Gilmour Space Technologies in Queensland to build and launch the first microsatellite in a planned high-resolution hyperspectral imaging constellation. The smart satellites will be placed in 30-degree inclined orbits for frequent revisit data capture over the Earth’s equatorial and mid-latitude regions.

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  • April 6, 2022
Rocketing Aussie Space Manufacturing into the Future

GOLD COAST, QLD, March 25, 2022 (Gilmour Space Technologies PR) – A $157 million bid led by Queensland-based Gilmour Space Technologies to grow sovereign space manufacturing in Australia has been awarded the largest Modern Manufacturing Initiative Collaboration (MMIC) grant for Space by the Federal Government.

Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor MP said in a statement that the Government’s $52 million co-investment in the Australian Space Manufacturing Network (ASMN) project will help unlock further collaboration between small and medium businesses and researchers to see launch vehicles and satellites take off to space.

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  • March 27, 2022
Gilmour Space, SENER Aeroespacial to Develop Autonomous Flight Termination System for Eris Rocket
Computer-generated image of Gilmour Space’s new rocket, Eris. (Credit: Gilmour Space Technologies)

The development of the AFTS for Gilmour Space Technologies’ Eris launch vehicle will establish a new paradigm for launch vehicles, reducing launch costs and providing a more versatile and reliable service to users.  

GOLD COAST, Australia & MADRID, Spain, February 8, 2022 (Gilmour Space Technologies PR)  — SENER Aeroespacial, a company of the SENER engineering and technology group, and Australian launch services company Gilmour Space Technologies, are working together on an Autonomous Flight Termination System (AFTS) for the Eris launch vehicle, which is being developed for the small satellite market. 

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  • February 8, 2022
Four Australian Companies Share AUS $3 Million under Moon to Mars Initiative

CANBERRA, September 22, 2021 (Angus Taylor PR) — The Morrison Government is helping Australian space businesses break into international supply chains, with a further $3 million [US $2.18 million] in funding awarded today under the Moon to Mars initiative.

Round 3 of the Supply Chain Capability Improvement grants will support four local companies to improve their technical capabilities and help them enter new national and international markets.

Acting Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Angus Taylor said the grants will strengthen Australia’s space manufacturing base, while also boosting the economy and creating new high-skilled jobs.

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  • September 22, 2021
Australia’s Gilmour Space and Germany’s Exolaunch Sign Agreements for Small Satellite Launch and In-Space Transportation Services
Reliant orbital transfer vehicle (Credit: Exolaunch)

The companies consolidate efforts to provide end-to-end launch solutions from Australia

QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA / BERLIN, GERMANY, August 24, 2021 (Exolaunch/Gilmour Space Technologies PR) – Gilmour Space Technologies, a premier Australian rocket company pioneering new and innovative hybrid propulsion technologies for launching small satellites, and Exolaunch, a Berlin-based leader in rideshare launch and deployment services for small satellites, today announced a series of agreements for small satellite launch, deployment and in-space transportation services. The companies join forces to provide tailored launch, precise deployment and in-space transportation services to the small satellite operators using Eris, a hybrid launch vehicle, developed by Gilmour.  

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  • August 24, 2021
Federal Government Backs Australia’s First Space Incubator Moonshot

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA (Moonshot PR) — Moonshot, Australia’s first space-focused incubator, has today received a half a million-dollar [US $374,043] matched grant from the federal government’s Incubator Support Scheme to cultivate new space technology businesses across the country.

Led by a consortium of international space tech leaders, Moonshot’s latest financial boost involves matched contributions from the federal government and investors alike, showcasing local appetite to invest in Australia’s next generation of space entrepreneurs. 

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  • July 12, 2021
Gilmour Space Rockets Ahead with $61M AUD Series C Funding

BRISBANE, Australia, June 30, 2021 (Gilmour Space Technology PR) – Australia’s leading launch services company, Gilmour Space Technologies (, has secured $61 million (approximately $47 million USD) from global investors in what is the largest private equity investment raised by a space company in Australia.   

The Series C round, which includes US-based Fine Structure Ventures, Australian venture capital firms Blackbird and Main Sequence, and Australian superannuation funds HESTA, Hostplus, and NGS Super, brings the company’s total funds raised to date to $87 million.   

“We are excited to be making our first investment in Australia with Gilmour Space Technologies,” said Brett Rome, lead investor and Managing Partner at Fine Structure Ventures, a venture capital fund affiliated with FMR LLC, the parent company of Fidelity Investments.   

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  • June 29, 2021
Queensland Government Gives OK for Small Rocket Launch Site at Abbot Point
Illustration of proposed Gilmour Space launch pad at Abbot Point. (Credit: Gilmour Space)

BRISBANE, Australia, 20 May 2021 (Gilmour Space PR) — Locals and tourists in the Whitsunday region could soon be watching rockets launching into space with the Queensland government today announcing its support for the local space launch industry.

In a statement, Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Steven Miles said: “Growing our space industry in Queensland will add billions to the economy and create thousands of local jobs. That’s why we are committed the development of launch infrastructure.

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  • May 21, 2021